Lightbridge Provides Business Update and Announces Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results
Conference Call on Tuesday, October 31 at 4 p.m. ET
RESTON, Va., Oct. 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lightbridge Corporation (Nasdaq: LTBR), an advanced nuclear fuel technology company, announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023, and provided an update on the Company’s continued progress.
Seth Grae, President & Chief Executive Officer of Lightbridge Corporation, commented, “We are making excellent progress on our fuel development efforts. Our recently announced engineering study in Romania is an important advancement for examining Lightbridge Fuel’s feasibility in CANDU reactors. Together with our Strategic Partnership Project Agreement with Idaho National Laboratory that we announced in December and the DOE-funded studies at MIT and Texas A&M relating to our fuel for small modular reactors, we continue to advance towards commercial applications in reactors of today and of the future.”
The Company maintained a working capital position at September 30, 2023 of $28.6 million and had no debt.
Cash Flows Summary
Cash and cash equivalents were $29.2 million, as compared to $28.9 million at December 31, 2022, an increase of $0.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, consisting of the following:
- Cash used in operating activities for the nine month periods ended September 30, 2023 and September 30, 2022 was $4.1 million.
- Cash provided by financing activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2023, was $4.5 million, a decrease of $6.1 million compared to $10.6 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2022. This decrease was due to a decrease in the net proceeds from the issuance of common stock by our at-the-market (ATM) facility in the first nine months of 2023.
Balance Sheet Summary
Total assets were $30.1 million, and total liabilities were $0.9 million at September 30, 2023. Working capital was $28.6 million at September 30, 2023, versus $28.7 million at December 31, 2022.
- Stockholders’ equity was $29.2 million at September 30, 2023, as compared to $29.1 million at December 31, 2022.
- General and administrative expenses amounted to $1.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2023, compared to $2.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022. The decrease of $0.4 million was primarily due to a decrease in employee compensation and employee benefits of $0.5 million, and a decrease in insurance expense of $0.1 million, offset by an increase in stock-based compensation of $0.1 million, and an increase in professional fees of $0.1 million.
- Lightbridge’s total research and development expenses amounted to $0.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2023, compared to $0.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022, an increase of $0.3 million. This increase was primarily due to an increase in project labor costs incurred from the U.S. National Laboratories of $0.2 million, and an increase in employee compensation and employee benefits and stock-based compensation of $0.2 million, offset by a decrease in other outside research and development costs of $0.1 million.
- Total other operating income was zero for the three months ended September 30, 2023, compared to $0.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022. This $0.1 million decrease was due to the GAIN voucher project that was completed in the first quarter of 2023.
- Total other income was $0.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2023, compared to other income of $0.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022, an increase of $0.2 million. The increase in other income was due to an increase in interest income earned from the purchase of treasury bills and from our bank savings account.
- Net loss was $1.8 million for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023, compared to $2.0 million for the third quarter of 2022.
CONFERENCE CALL & AUDIO WEBCAST
The conference call will be led by Seth Grae, President, and Chief Executive Officer, with other Lightbridge executives available to answer questions.
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About Lightbridge Corporation
Lightbridge Corporation (NASDAQ: LTBR) is focused on developing advanced nuclear fuel technology essential for delivering abundant, zero-emission, clean energy and providing energy security to the world. The Company is developing Lightbridge Fuel™, a proprietary next-generation nuclear fuel technology for existing light water reactors and pressurized heavy water reactors, significantly enhancing reactor safety, economics, and proliferation resistance. The Company is also developing Lightbridge Fuel for new SMRs to bring the same benefits plus load-following with renewables on a zero-carbon electric grid.
Lightbridge has entered into two long-term framework agreements with Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC, DOE’s operating contractor for Idaho National Laboratory (INL), the United States' lead nuclear energy research and development laboratory. DOE’s Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) program has twice awarded Lightbridge to support the development of Lightbridge Fuel over the past several years. Lightbridge is participating in two university-led studies through the DOE Nuclear Energy University Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Texas A&M University. An extensive worldwide patent portfolio backs Lightbridge’s innovative fuel technology. Lightbridge is included in the Russell Microcap® Index. For more information, please visit www.ltbridge.com.
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Forward Looking Statements
With the exception of historical matters, the matters discussed herein are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding the anticipated benefits of Lightbridge Fuel™ in SMRs and the outcomes of the MIT and Texas A&M studies relating thereto and the outcome of the Romania study with respect to CANDU reactors. These statements are based on current expectations on the date of this news release and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ significantly from such estimates. The risks include, but are not limited to: the Company’s ability to commercialize its nuclear fuel technology; the degree of market adoption of the Company's product and service offerings; the Company’s ability to fund general corporate overhead and outside research and development costs; market competition; our ability to attract and retain qualified employees; dependence on strategic partners; demand for fuel for nuclear reactors; the Company's ability to manage its business effectively in a rapidly evolving market; the availability of nuclear test reactors and the risks associated with unexpected changes in the Company’s fuel development timeline; the increased costs associated with metallization of our nuclear fuel; public perception of nuclear energy generally; changes in the political environment; risks associated with war in Europe; changes in the laws, rules and regulations governing the Company’s business; development and utilization of, and challenges to, our intellectual property; risks associated with potential shareholder activism; potential and contingent liabilities; as well as other factors described in Lightbridge's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Lightbridge does not assume any obligation to update or revise any such forward-looking statements, whether as the result of new developments or otherwise, except as required by law. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements.
A further description of risks and uncertainties can be found in Lightbridge’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022, and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the sections thereof captioned “Risk Factors” and “Forward-Looking Statements”, all of which are available at http://www.sec.gov/ and www.ltbridge.com.
Investor Relations Contact:
Matthew Abenante, IRC
Director of Investor Relations
Tel: +1 (347) 947-2093
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UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
|September 30,||December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||29,235,892||$||28,899,997|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||252,403||115,264|
|Total Current Assets||29,488,295||29,015,261|
|Prepaid project costs and other long-term assets||486,375||345,000|
|LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||$||875,639||$||350,331|
|Total Current Liabilities||875,639||350,331|
|Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 10,000,000 authorized shares, 0 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022||—||—|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value, 25,000,000 authorized, 12,934,226 shares and 11,900,217 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022, respectively||12,934||11,900|
|Additional paid-in capital||179,222,724||173,595,385|
|Total Stockholders’ Equity||29,207,896||29,118,155|
|Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity||$||30,083,535||$||29,468,486|
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
|Three Months Ended||Nine Months Ended|
|September 30,||September 30,|
|General and administrative||1,609,142||2,023,937||5,071,889||5,377,185|
|Research and development||552,751||172,871||1,367,650||601,170|
|Total Operating Expenses||2,161,893||2,196,808||6,439,539||5,978,355|
|Other Operating Income|
|Contributed services - research and development||—||71,335||31,028||278,189|
|Total Other Operating Income||—||71,335||31,028||278,189|
|Total Other Income||322,065||87,943||869,879||110,465|
|Net Loss Before Income Taxes||(1,839,828||)||(2,037,530||)||(5,538,632||)||(5,589,701||)|
|Net Loss Per Common Share|
|Basic and Diluted||$||(0.15||)||$||(0.18||)||$||(0.47||)||$||(0.53||)|
|Weighted Average Number of Common Shares Outstanding|
|Basic and Diluted||12,252,342||11,085,657||11,902,010||10,633,664|
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
|Nine Months Ended|
|Adjustments to reconcile net loss from operations to net cash used in operating activities:|
|Common stock issued for services||30,000||30,000|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||(137,139||)||(192,467||)|
|Prepaid project costs and other long-term assets||(141,375||)||—|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||740,308||1,033,865|
|Net Cash Used in Operating Activities||(4,144,951||)||(4,103,936||)|
|Net Cash Used in Investing Activities||(640||)||(6,174||)|
|Net proceeds from the issuance of common stock||4,481,486||10,646,998|
|Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities||4,481,486||10,646,998|
|Net Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents||335,895||6,536,888|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Period||28,899,997||24,747,613|
|Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period||$||29,235,892||$||31,284,501|
|Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information|
|Cash paid during the period:|
|Income taxes paid||$||—||$||—|
|Non-Cash Financing Activities:|
|Payment of accrued liabilities with common stock||$||215,000||$||15,000|
Released October 30, 2023